Drawing Straws

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Drawing Straws, George Pogue's, debutnovel, is a "coming of age" book. Setin rural southwest Missouri in theearly 1960s, a ten-year-old boy, NewtonCarriger, grows into his teenage years.He loves Cindy, the all-American girl-next-door. His story includes the usualboyhood pranks, pastimes, and typicaltraumas-until a mysterious strangercomes to town.Newton, is rescued from drowningby an African American drifter-a hobo,who befriends the boy, and then is foundbrutally murdered. Newton's ongoingsearch for resolution ...
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Overview


Drawing Straws, George Pogue's, debutnovel, is a "coming of age" book. Setin rural southwest Missouri in theearly 1960s, a ten-year-old boy, NewtonCarriger, grows into his teenage years.He loves Cindy, the all-American girl-next-door. His story includes the usualboyhood pranks, pastimes, and typicaltraumas-until a mysterious strangercomes to town.Newton, is rescued from drowningby an African American drifter-a hobo,who befriends the boy, and then is foundbrutally murdered. Newton's ongoingsearch for resolution to that murder is, inlarge part, a key to his becoming a youngman.The story is a serious social commentaryabout the insular lives of rural peoplewho gloss over the murder of a transientblack man because he was "not one oftheir own." The local law enforcementcommunity just plain ignored investigatingwhy a hobo died violently, even whenall the evidence pointed to a homicide.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781932173932
  • Publisher: Stephens Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 264
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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George Pogue grew up in a small tourist town in the Elk River valley, in the northwest foothillsof the Ozarks. He parents owned the weekly newspaper during the 1950s and 1960s, and he spent much of his youth in that environment. Pogue has been a Boy Scout, volunteer firefighter, businessman, and newspaper publisher. He lives on his farm outside Noel,Missouri.
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